The conceptual framework for identifying and evaluating the main components of university social responsibility Using the meta-synthesis method

Document Type : Original research


1 nrisp

2 Iranian institute of philosophy


The growing gap between education, research, and services has resulted in conflict between these functions in recent years. The university has decoupled its social functions from its scientific concerns. University social responsibility is the component that connects all universities. functions. As a result, we should not limit the concept of engagement to the third mission, which may reduce it to a secondary role.
The meta-synthesis method was used to classify university social responsibility measurements in order to evaluate their social responsibility. An extensive review of the existing literature yielded 870 primary articles. The 23 cases were chosen after careful consideration of their relationship to the research objectives. The university's indicators of social responsibility were classified into five The indicators of social responsibility were measured in three dimensions using open and axial coding. The classes of the university were classified into 5 dimensions and 26 main categories
Dimensions include (1) governance (clear vision, supportive leadership, interaction with external stakeholders, Sustainable financing, democratic and consultative administration, and continuous evaluation and reporting), (2) education (Citizenship Principles Education, capability development, Inclusive Education, Problem-Oriented Curriculum, Participatory Training, and ethics in education), and (3) research (participatory research, problem-oriented research, transferring knowledge to industry and society; and social innovation); (4) services (supporting start-ups, participation in the regional economy, cultural and social development; and charitable activities) and (5) internal management (fair working procedures, quality of academic life academics, attention to the environment, dynamic structure and culture, and new infrastructure, were distinguished. This article shows that a responsible university pays attention to social media. issues in all functions and does not reduce the concern for social issues to The third role of the university.


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